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Masterpiece Moments: Artist at the table to celebrate community commitment to the arts
Masterpiece Moments: Artist at the Table will combine artists’ talents and the community’s commitment to the arts in a fun-filled night on Saturday, May 6, at 6 pm. The premier event, held in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center, will include wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent and live auction, and entertainment, with proceeds supporting the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art’s exhibitions and educational programming. Famous artwork and artists – Warhol, van Gogh, and Degas, for example – will be the inspiration behind a gallery of tablescape creations. These interpretive works of art will be constructed by friends and advocates of the OSU Museum of Art. “Masterpiece Moments will be an evening to honor and promote what the OSU Museum of Art is all about: education and community outreach,” said Shawn Howell, Masterpiece Moments co-chair and OSU Museum of Art Advocate. “The evening will be a vivid, colorful walk into the magical world of many different artists, with a sample of their style displayed by our talented tablescape designers.” Since opening its doors in 2013, the museum has had more than 16,000 visitors. It houses OSU’s permanent collection of art, and hosts a variety of exhibitions, educational programs, and community events each year. “As an Advocate, I am passionate about the role of the museum in our community,” said Brenda Spaulding, Masterpiece Moments co-chair and OSU Museum of Art Advocate. “Because it is becoming increasingly more difficult to provide art within our public schools, I think these types of educational programming and resources can help bridge that gap.” Howell and Spaulding belong to a group of OSU Museum of Art Advocates who support the museum and its outreach to the community through their advocacy, volunteer work, and various contributions. The Art Advocates play a vital role in expanding the museum’s reach in the community, helping provide transformational art experiences to as many people as possible. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at osugiving.com/MasterpieceMoments. More information is also available at museum.okstate.edu. About the OSU Museum of Art For more information about the OSU Museum of Art, visit museum.okstate.edu or call 405-744-2780.   All exhibitions are free and open to the public. The museum is located at 720 S. Husband Street in downtown Stillwater. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/masterpiece-moments-artist-table-celebrate-community-commitment-arts
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:01:37 -0500
Handy named OSU Student Employee of the Year
Areanna Handy receives a scholarship check after being selected as the 2017 Student Employee of the Year at OSU. Dr. Pam Ehlers with OSU Career Services (left) presents the check to Handy who is joined by Trisha Lyonsi with the International Students and Scholars office at OSU, where Handy works. Areanna Handy, from Broken Arrow, has been selected as the 2017 Student Employee of the Year at Oklahoma State University. Handy, a senior majoring in merchandizing and marketing at OSU, was honored at a recent awards ceremony on campus during National Student Employment Week.  The award recognizes an OSU student who best embodies the contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college. It includes a $1,000 scholarship from the Division of Student Affairs at OSU. Handy was selected from a group of 76 undergraduate and graduate nominees for outstanding contributions to her employer, the OSU Office of International Students and Scholars. She will compete for additional honors at the regional level, where she could also advance to national competition. Handy and four other finalists received prize baskets with donations from local and campus employers. The additional finalists included Andrew Day a senior in marketing and entrepreneurship from Owasso; Nino Ilidan, senior in computer engineering, Lawton; Jonathan Lehman, senior in plant and soil sciences, Cache, and Ricki Schroeder, senior in agribusiness and agricultural leadership, Nash. Semifinalists included Amber Cain, junior in finance, Stillwater; Daniella Cain, junior in mathematics, Broken Arrow; Erick Davis, junior in electrical engineering technology, McLoud; John Langham, senior in sports media, Leander, Texas; and Liza Van der Laan, senior in plant and soil science with an emphasis on plant biotechnology, Frederick. The students were nominated by their employers for the annual award, which is open to degree-seeking, part-time or full-time students at OSU, who are employed in student-level positions on or off campus. Nominees may be undergraduate students or graduate students who are performing student employee jobs. The contest is sponsored by OSU Career Services in partnership with the National Student Employment Association's (NSEA) National Student Employee of the Year contest. PHOTO: https://flic.kr/s/aHskTcDVoH
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/handy-named-osu-student-employee-year
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:45:34 -0500
Top graduate student presenters compete in 3MC challenge
Siddharth Suresh, a master’s degree student in Telecommunications Management in the Spears School of Business, won first place in the President’s Fellows Grand Three Minute Challenge competition April 13. Siddharth Suresh, a master’s student in telecommunications management, won first place and $2,000 for his presentation, “Forget Your Password?” at the Oklahoma State University President’s Fellows Grand Three Minute Challenge (3MC) April 13 in the Student Union Theater. The 3MC places the top five finishers in OSU’s Three Minute Thesis® and Three Minute Presentation against one another. The 3MC is sponsored by the OSU President’s Fellows, a unique society made up of passionate and loyal OSU alumni and supporters. This group supports the larger priorities of the university through the leadership of President Burns Hargis and provides resources that allow projects and initiatives related to the ongoing transformation of the OSU campuses. Other winners included, Grant Lapke, master’s student in International Agriculture, who won second place and $1,500 for his presentation, “The J-1 Visa: Impacting International Agriculture.” Jennifer Rudd, doctoral student in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, won third place and $1,000 for her presentation, “Battling Superinfections: A Body at War.” The audience selected Varsha Akkaloori, a master’s student in Business Analytics, as their People’s Choice winner and recipient of $2,000. “I have past experience in giving presentations on technical topics in India, but this was a unique experience in many ways. I feel extremely proud of myself for getting a chance to compete in the 3MC,” Akkaloori said. The President’s Fellows Grand 3MC College Participation Traveling Trophy recognizes the college with the highest percentage of their students participating in the OSU 3MT® and 3MP competitions. This year the Traveling Trophy was awarded to the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Graduate College Dean Dr. Sheryl Tucker introduced the panel of judges, which included a mixture of President’s Fellows and community members. They included, Mike Hessong, chief financial officer of Bioworld Merchandising, OSU Foundation Board of Governors and President’s Fellow; Ann Hessong, President’s Fellow; Quinton Sanders, equity and diversity specialist at CareerTech; Gary Shutt, director of OSU Communications; Lyndall Stout, TV host at OSU SunUP; and Julie Toben, chief financial officer at the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma. The goal of the Graduate College is for every graduate student to acquire the skill of explaining what they do as practitioners of their graduate education and its relevance to furthering the public good by participating in a 3MT® or 3MP competition during their graduate studies at OSU concluding with the Presidential Fellows’ Three Minute Competition. The 3MC was the final three minute competition of the 2016-2017 school year.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/top-graduate-student-presenters-compete-3mc-challenge
Wed, 10 May 2017 12:33:34 -0500
SNL’s Kenan Thompson and Michael Che to speak at OSU
Saturday Night Live cast members Kenan Thompson and Michael Che will offer some comedy and answer questions from the audience at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by Speakers Board, is free to OSU students, faculty and staff with valid OSU IDs. General admission tickets will be sold for $10 at the door. Thompson got his start in comedy young, joining the cast of Nickelodeon’s all-kid sketch comedy series “All That.” In 1996, he and co-star Kel Mitchell debuted their spin-off series “Kenan and Kel.” Thompson joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2003, making him one of the longest-tenured stars of the comedy sketch show. Che currently serves as a staff writer on SNL and as a co-anchor of the show’s “Weekend Update” segment. Prior to his time on SNL, Che worked as correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central. His first hour-long comedy special, “Michael Che Matters,” was recently released on Netflix. Both comedians will perform a stand-up set before a short question and answer session. Speakers Board Director Ryan Neal expects the comedy of Che and Thompson will offer students a well-deserved break. “We wanted to take a different route this year,” Neal said. “In the past, we’ve always had someone give a prepared speech, but sometimes students just need a break from hectic schedules. We hope Kenan and Michael will provide students an hour of laughter and help them decompress before the stress of finals week.” General admission tickets will be available for purchase at the south ticket office of Gallagher-Iba Arena for $10 beginning at 3 p.m. on April 19. OSU students, faculty and staff get in free with an OSU ID. Doors open at 6 p.m. The stand-up routines will be appropriate for a college-aged audience. For more information, follow Speakers Board on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For questions about the event, contact Ryan Neal at rgneal@okstate.edu. Story by Catherine Wilson
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/snl-s-kenan-thompson-and-michael-che-speak-osu
Wed, 10 May 2017 12:40:40 -0500
Graduate students, faculty honored for contributions to OSU graduate education
Recipients of the annual Phoenix Awards, the highest honor presented to graduate students and faculty, were (from left) Cheryl Kutcher, Master’s Student Phoenix Award, Dr. Gail Wilson, Outstanding Faculty Phoenix Award, and Chrissie Segars, Ph.D. Phoenix Award. Oklahoma State University graduate students, staff and faculty were recognized with awards presented by the Graduate College and the Graduate and Professional Student Government Association (GPSGA) April 14 during the college’s annual spring awards ceremony. Graduate Research Excellence awards recognize outstanding accomplishments reflected in master’s theses or doctoral dissertations. Recipients received a letter of commendation from OSU President Burns Hargis and a commemorative plaque from Associate Vice President for Research Dr. Ron Van Den Bussche. Winners: Dr. Adam Cobb, Natural Resource Ecology and Management Gabriella Bragoli, International Agriculture Jason Higgins, English Muthu Subramanian Mohan, Materials Science and Engineering Dr. Caitlin Barnes, Environmental Science Dr. Jin Im, Hospitality Administration Kristine Chua, Psychology Four master’s and doctoral students were named Honorary Commencement Marshals for academic performance and discipline-appropriate scholarly contributions that capture the essence of OSU’s land-grant mission. Recipients received $1,000 awards and are recognized at commencement where they wear special gown adornments. The students were recognized with certificates from Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College Dr. Sheryl Tucker, who will lead the graduates in the processionals/recessionals and awarding of the diploma covers. Commencement marshals for 2017: Aaron Moses, M.A., Art History Raghav Nargotra, M.S., Management Information Systems Meron Wondimagegnhu, Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences Lynne Beaty, Ph.D., Zoology The Summer Dissertation Fellowships support summer research for outstanding OSU post-candidacy, doctoral students from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary program. The summer fellowships include a $6,000 stipend and a tuition waiver for up to three credit hours. This year’s Summer Dissertation Fellowship winners were recognized with certificates from Tucker: Juliana Artier, Microbiology Joel Billings, Fire and Emergency Management Nabin Poudel, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Mahmoud Tabari, English Aluth Premaratne, Chemistry Christopher Goodchild, Integrative Biology Michelle Miller, Leisure Studies Liang Xue, Geology Ashley Helle, Clinical Psychology Pushpinder Litt, Food Science Arezoo Zare, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Darci Klein, Educational Psychology The Graduate College Ambassadors are a group of honored volunteer graduate students, who are passionate about OSU, excited about their graduate education experience, and eager to share their insights with future graduate students. Ambassadors are selected from a pool of students nominated by their graduate program and disciplinary college. The program is directed by Jacquie Pickering, coordinator of student professional development. The 2017 Ambassadors recognized were: College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Kelsy Robinson, Animal Science Brooke Seibert (Lead Ambassador), Agricultural Communications Jose Uscanga, Agricultural Education Kendra Wills, Animal Science College of Arts & Sciences Kendall Scarlett, Integrative Biology Danielle Perryman, Integrative Biology         College of Education Roman Peterson, Educational Leadership Studies Theresa Riles, Educational Leadership Studies College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology Prashanth Gari, Electrical Engineering Sam Koteeswaran, Chemical Engineering Kiran Muniraju, Electrical Engineering College of Human Sciences Li Ding, Hospitality Administration Babajide Ojo, Human Sciences Graduate College Tahmidur Tushar, Interdisciplinary Science Spears School of Business Raghav Nargotra, Management Information Systems Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Jennifer Rudd, Veterinary Biomedical Science The Graduate College and GPSGA recognized the Outstanding Graduate Coordinator for their service to faculty who lead and manage graduate programs with $500 cash awards. The recipient was Dr. Mohammad Abdel Salam in the Geology Program. The Phoenix Awards are the highest recognition bestowed by GPSGA and recognize exemplary achievement in leadership and scholarship, community and university service, and professional involvement, especially as it relates to the OSU graduate student body. The student award winner receives a $350 and the faculty awardee receives $500 monetary awards from the GPSGA and the Graduate College. The student and faculty Phoenix winners were given plaques by Solmaz Bastani, GPSGA vice president and Luci Wilson, GPSGA social chair: Ph.D. Phoenix Award Winner: Chrissie Segars, Crop Science M.S. Phoenix Award Winner: Cheryl Kutcher, Creative Writing Outstanding Faculty Award: Dr. Gail Wilson, Natural Resource Ecology and Management GPSGA also recognized Chris Goodchild, Integrative Biology, as the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant with a $350 award and certificate.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/graduate-students-faculty-honored-contributions-osu-graduate-education
Wed, 10 May 2017 12:42:27 -0500
OSU student awarded Fulbright for research in Germany
Sydney Stewart Sydney Stewart, an undergraduate student at Oklahoma State University, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to conduct research in Germany during the 2017-2018 academic year. The Fulbright program places U.S. students in countries around the world where they act as an ambassador for the United States, work with research advisers, and learn about the people and culture. Stewart, a graduate of Life School Red Oak Secondary School in Red Oak, Texas, is scheduled to graduate from OSU in May with a bachelor’s degree in animal science (pre-veterinary option) and a minor in microbiology. She will join a team of researchers from the Institute of Animal Sciences, in Bonn, Germany, to evaluate pig health and biosecurity measures on commercial swine farms in the rural northwestern part of the country. “We will use bacterial samples taken from the animals, as well as animal health and performance data, to determine if pigs are more susceptible to particular pathogens (infection or disease-causing agents) at specific points in the pork production chain, and whether certain biosecurity measures are more effective than others at preventing the spread of pathogens among pig herds,” said Stewart. She was attracted to Germany because livestock producers there have already gained a reputation for quickly adapting to strict regulations for antibiotic use in food animals, without sacrificing animal welfare and animal production performance. “Germany is now the world's third-largest producer of pigs and pork products, and is one of Europe's top livestock producing members,” said Stewart. “By studying modern antibiotic-free disease control and prevention systems on commercial German farms, and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each system, we may be able to develop viable, cost-effective, practical models for implementation on U.S. farms.” Stewart, whose family is heavily involved in the U.S. agriculture industry, said she never imagined she’d have the opportunity take part in cutting-edge, internationally-significant research abroad while representing her country and the ag industry. “To actually have that chance now is an incredible honor and a privilege, and I'm very grateful for my mentors in the Departments of Animal Science and Foreign Languages who encouraged me and supported me throughout the application process,” said Stewart.  “I am inspired by Fulbright's mission to promote a 'cultural exchange' between people all over the world, and I strongly believe that my experiences in a diverse, innovative country like Germany will further my development as both a scientist and an effective advocate for agriculture.” In addition to the Fulbright award, Stewart is a recipient of a General Honors Award and will graduate with the Departmental Honors Award and an OSU Honors College Degree. She is a three-year participant in the Animal Science Undergraduate Research Program, recipient of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station Undergraduate Research Scholars Grant, and two-time recipient of the Lew Wentz Undergraduate Research Grant.   Stewart’s hobbies include cooking, photography, soccer, and horseback (trail) riding. She was a member of the 2015 OSU Intercollegiate Meats Judging Team and OSU German Club. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the country’s largest student exchange program, offering opportunities to students and young professionals for graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. Funded by an annual congressional appropriation to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program was initiated by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 for the promotion of international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-student-awarded-fulbright-research-germany
Wed, 10 May 2017 12:46:39 -0500
Message from President Hargis
OSU community, As you probably know, the President has released his federal budget priorities. While it is far from a finished budget, it proposes drastic cuts to many areas of research vital to Oklahoma State University’s mission. Such cuts would severely impact OSU’s research in science and innovation. Federal funding is roughly half of our extramural research support, accordingly, we are taking the White House proposals seriously. If this budget were enacted, we estimate that OSU could experience a 25 percent drop in overall federal funding. We also understand that there is discussion of sharply reducing compensation for indirect costs, which would have serious budget implications for OSU.  Action on the federal budget now moves to Congress. There, we hope that a budget framework will be adopted that maintains existing support for science and innovation. OSU Vice President for Research Kenneth Sewell is monitoring developments and is in close contact with our representatives in Washington, D.C. We are confident that the Oklahoma delegation members see the value in scientific research and in Oklahoma’s research universities, and are optimistic that they will legislate accordingly. As the Congressional budget process unfolds, I have asked Provost Gary Sandefur and Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance Joe Weaver to work closely with Kenneth as he monitors the situation, and to determine how OSU can best respond. They will keep the campus community informed of any OSU-specific impacts and our response. I wholeheartedly agree with MIT President Rafael Reif, who stated in a recent letter to his faculty, “America's strength in science and engineering is central to America's strength, period. It's how we keep the nation safe, drive innovation, build infrastructure, power and connect our modern society, restore the environment, create new industries, feed our people, heal the sick – and understand the universe.” OSU’s ability to contribute to our nation’s strength by fulfilling our land-grant mission depends upon fully integrating research with instruction and outreach. Support of science and innovation is imperative. 

Thanks for your contributions to OSU’s scholarly work. I encourage each member of the OSU community to do what you can to help us voice our concerns and promote our research mission.  Burns Hargis President, Oklahoma State University
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/message-president-hargis-0
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:02:08 -0500
OSU Theatre to present annual musical
Tickets are now on sale for OSU Department of Theatre’s fourth and final Main Stage production of the academic year, James Valcq and Fred Alley’s “The Spitfire Grill.” The musical runs April 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 30 at 2:30 p.m. in the Vivia Locke Theatre in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. “The Spitfire Grill” tells the heartwarming story of redemption and fresh starts in the heart of America. After being released from prison, Percy Talbott runs from her troubled past and chooses the small, picturesque, but dying town of Gilead, Wisconsin to start over. The local sheriff and her parole officer, Joe Sutter, serves as her guide and finds her a job at Hannah Ferguson’s Spitfire Grill. Percy discovers that Hannah is about to give up on the only remaining restaurant in the struggling town and put it up for sale. Motivated by her past and attempting to secure a new future for everybody, Percy persuades Hannah to auction off the restaurant. As the raffle entries arrive by the wheelbarrow, changes start happening, deep secrets get unearthed and lives are forever changed. But can Percy escape her past and find redemption in Gilead? Find out for yourself at the show! “The Spitfire Grill” began as a motion picture in 1996 starring Ellen Burstyn as Hannah and Marcia Gay Harden in the supporting role of Shelby. Valcq and Alley created the musical version in 2001, and it had a successful run Off-Broadway in New York City’s Duke Theatre. Audiences and critics found the production’s themes and authentic music quite comforting, especially during the trauma surrounding the events of 9/11. The musical’s been successfully produced at regional and college theatres since its initial run, and this production will be Stillwater’s premier. “The Spitfire Grill” is directed by B. Peter Westerhoff, professor of performance. Westerhoff has directed and choreographed more than 80 productions during his time at Oklahoma State University. “Stillwater audiences are going to love the story and especially the music,” Westerhoff said. “Valcq and Alley bring genuine American music – bluegrass and country – into the distinctly American art of musical theatre. They’ve accomplished something quite unique and quite moving.” Freshman Emily Frerich plays the fiery, spirited Percy. She was last seen on stage in the November production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” as one of the main characters, Gwendolen Fairfax. Frerich is particularly drawn to the music and the stories of all the characters in the musical. “I love Percy’s strength and resilience after her very difficult upbringing to find redemption and a place where she truly belongs,” Frerich said. Frerich is joined onstage by Chris Allen, Ellie Collier, Cody Finger, Charissa Lee, Peyton Meacham and Trent Taber. Longtime favorite of the OSU and Town and Gown stages, Lee plays the hardened Hannah with a very deep secret. “Hannah suffers a disappointment in life that many can relate to,” Lee said.  “But instead of working to resolve her dilemma, she closes up. This production does a wonderful job of communicating how people can start over and move on.” On the production team are junior stage manager Lucas Hart, scenic and lighting designer Heidi Hoffer and costume designer Jeremy Bernardoni. The cast and crew are joined by community and university musicians to help bring the music and story to life. Guest artist and Edmond resident Megan Barth serves as music director for the production, and in that role acts as accompanist, vocal coach, and orchestra director. She’ll also be playing keyboards for all performances. Megan has provided music direction for more than 15 musical theatre and opera productions in the region. Barth currently works at Oklahoma City University as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach. Music faculty member Mark Perry makes his OSU Theatre stage debut playing guitar while music students Thomas Neely on violin and Samantha Kerns on cello offer their talents. Tickets for the show can be purchased online at theatre.okstate.edu or by visiting the Theatre Office in 121 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. General admission tickets are $12, and senior (65+) and student tickets are $10. Group discounts are offered for groups of ten or more patrons. You can visit the theatre website or call the department at (405) 744-6094 for more information. PHOTO: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ostatenews/albums/72157680527228971 CUTLINE: Emily Frerich, Trent Taber and Charissa Lee pose as their characters in “The Spitfire Grill”
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-theatre-present-annual-musical
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:12:27 -0500
OSU team advances to national finals in Chem-E Car competition
A team of chemical engineering students from Oklahoma State University will advance to the national finals of the Chem-E Car competition after placing at a regional contest held recently in Tulsa. Two teams from OSU, Team Absolute Zero and Team Orange Juice, took on counterparts from Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas in the competition, which focuses on the design, construction and performance of cars the students power with a chemical energy source. Each car must safely carry a specified load a given distance and stop. Team Absolute Zero placed third in the car component of the contest when its car, powered by baking soda and a strong version of vinegar, traveled 21.1 meters of a targeted 22 meter distance. “We are delighted to have our student group participate and qualify for the national contest,” says Sundar Madihally, associate chemical engineering professor, who traveled with the teams to oversee the competition. “We want to thank our sponsor, Chevron Phillips Chemical, which has supported this program for a long time.” The national Chem-E Car competition is set for October in Minneapolis during the annual Student Conference of the American Institute for Chemical Engineering (AlChE). The chemical engineering teams from OSU that competed in the regional contest and their individual members include: Team Absolute Zero or ABS(0) Musaad Al-Jafari – Saudi Arabia – Luke Bower – Claremor – oshua Sallee – Broken Arrow – Adam Summers – Ponca City Team Orange Juice Josh Baker – Choctaw – John Hayes – Broken Arrow - Holly Palmer – Cashion – Nathan Shellady – Sapulpa – Sara Wilson – Owasso PHOTO: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ostatenews/albums/72157679324548393
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-team-advances-national-finals-chem-e-car-competition
Wed, 10 May 2017 13:01:03 -0500
OSU Student loses 90 pounds working out at the Colvin
The added responsibilities that come with college life can cause enough stress to take a toll on your health, but as Kyle Mcareavy can tell you, the help of a workout friend in a welcoming atmosphere can make all the difference. Mcareavy, a 22-year-old sports media multimedia journalism major, came to OSU from Kirkland, Washington with another friend from high school. Over the course of his freshman and sophomore years, Mcareavy gained about 40 pounds due to stress. The weight he gained not only affected his physical health but hurt his self-confidence. He avoided going out in public and rarely attended class. “Before I started working out, I was pretty much just ashamed to leave my house and didn’t want people looking at me and that made me a pretty bad student,” Mcareavy said. “I wasn’t confident in anything, and honestly, just kind of hated myself.” Mcareavy first got involved with the Department of Wellness at Oklahoma State University by participating in intramural sports with his friend, Max Gross. The two signed up for a random intramural flag football team and met a group of friends to play intramural sports. Although playing intramural sports helped Mcareavy with his social life, it didn’t drastically change his overall health. One of his friends and intramural teammates, Matt McGann, asked Kyle to accompany him to the Colvin Center gym at OSU. Because of his insecurities, Mcareavy almost always declined such invitations but in October 2015, he was ready to make a change. Kyle made it a goal to lose 50 pounds before spring break.  “I told him the first month is going to be the hardest. You’re establishing new habits and doing things your body has never done before. When you lift weights, confidence is key,” McGann said. Every day they would do some form of weight lifting, chest and triceps one day, back and biceps the next, and shoulders and legs after that. They would do this rotation six times a week. After each workout, they would dedicate 5-10 minutes to their core and finish with cardio. “Watching him put in that work every day was inspiring,” McGann said. “When we started, he would struggle to push the bar up, but the longer we did it, the more weight we could do. The best was watching him progressively lift more than he ever could before.” In addition to working out and lifting weight regularly, McGann also encouraged Mcareavy to drink plenty of water and change his diet to include more healthy food choices. After months of dieting and working out regularly, Mcareavy was able to lose 52 pounds by March 2016. He met his spring break goal and after he came back to school, he made a new goal to lose 100 pounds within the year. “When people first start working out—and it was the same for me—there’s a lot of fear that you’re going to be judged or people are going to watch you as you fail at something they can do… but I’ve never felt that way at the Colvin,” Mcareavy said. “People were always very encouraging.” Mcareavy had the support of his college friends and family through this whole process. People in his hometown were amazed when they learned of his dedication to losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.   “When we go back home over breaks, the biggest thing that feeds his confidence is to see the looks on our friend’s faces... it’s crazy,” Gross said. “I think it feeds his confidence so much more and that confidence is carried throughout in so many other areas.” As of this year, Mcareavy has lost 90 pounds and plans to continue working out regularly in the future to maintain his weight loss. In addition to improving his physical health, Mcareavy also improved his mental health and self-confidence. “With the help of my friend, Matt McGann, and the encouragement from my friends and family I lost about 90 pounds and now, I don’t hate myself and I go to class more,” Mcareavy said. “I can’t say that would have happened without the Colvin or if I was at a different school. The Colvin, honestly, played a huge role in saving my life.” By: Cassidy Williams PHOTOS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ostatenews/albums/72157679207812394
https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-student-loses-90-pounds-working-out-colvin
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:34:52 -0500

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